When I was a kid I came across an ad in a comic book asking to write to them for all kinds of ways to get free stuff. Thinking it over carefully, I decided the five dollar cost to get this golden information would be nothing compared to all the great free stuff I would be getting. I mailed them my money and then anxiously waited for all my wonderful free things to begin arriving.
During the wait my young mind began to fantasize about riding my free new bike, eating all the free candy I could stand and going to all the movies I wanted to see with my free movie passes. Week after week went by with no delivery trucks backing up to my house or even a package in the mailbox, but I knew the day would come because the five dollars guaranteed it.
Finally a hand addressed envelope to me from the company arrived. I ripped it open immediately, and what I found inside was a one sided, poorly photocopied letter. It began something like this: “Thank you for ordering our pamphlet on great ideas to get free stuff. First, try calling radio stations when they offer prizes. Next, enter as many sweepstakes as possible. Another idea is to…” and the list continued. As I read the list my initial cloud of confusion was slowly replaced by the stinging realization that I’d been had. The too good to be true offer turned out to be just that.
Today I imagine there are still versions of that scam floating around, among many others, both online and off. However, there are some legitimate websites that offer freebies, and tips and advice to find even more free stuff. The following are the best sites I have found over the last few years, and none of them will ask you for five dollars.
Thunder Fap – Visit for links to 100% free samples. They state they “only link to reputable companies with legitimate freebie offers.” Sounds good!
The Free Site – If it’s free, it’s on this site. Subscribe to their newsletter to help keep up with it all.
Volition – They claim to be the oldest freebie site on the internet, which I have no trouble believing because of the sheer size of this site. It’s going to take you some time to explore this one.
Weekly Freebie – Select freebie offers are emailed to you weekly.
Free Shipping – This freebie specialty site deals with free store shipping coupons.
Free Birthday Treats – Use their site to search your area for free birthday treats for adults, kids and pets.
Free Mania – Here dwells the Freebie Gator that searches 14 freebie sites every hour for free offers.
My Kids Eat Free – This site offers a searchable database of restaurants that offer inexpensive or free children menus, a great resource for parents and grandparents.
Freaky Freddie’s – 72 categories are offered here. I didn’t count them all, but there are a lot!
Cities On The Cheap – This site is building a network of blogs to provide “insider information” on freebies and deals in your city. If your city is not listed yet, bookmark and check again later.
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